Scott Klug is a former United States Congressman, an Emmy award winning journalist, and a relentless world traveler. A long time student of comparative religion and aficionado of horror films, this is his first novel.
“Over the last 20 years I’ve visited a number of sites in this book and I knew somewhere in between the dark alleys of Stockholm and an obscure Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka there was a good story lurking. I’ve always contended the occult traditions of major faiths have more in common than most people think. And just maybe there is an alliance of Holy Men of different faiths willing to battle together to put a stop to evil.
Because I was a U.S. Congressman, everyone figured my first novel would be a political thriller. Or since I spent a decade as an Emmy award-winning journalist, maybe the inside story of broadcast news. Boy, were they wrong.
I never read Advise and Consent and I think HBO’s “Newsroom” is boring.
Friends who really know me understand my true love is a good horror book or film. I couldn’t wait to see the remake of Evil Dead. And I never really wanted to be a politician. I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up.
So welcome to my first novel. Think The Da Vinci Code meets “Indiana Jones.”
And if I haven’t bored you already, here’s a little bit about my day job and background.
Scott Klug is the Managing Director of Public Affairs at the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. He also co-chairs the firm’s Client Service Team.
For eight years, Klug represented Madison, Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress, where he developed an expertise in health care, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and energy policy.
Before his career in politics, Klug was an Emmy Award winning reporter for television stations in Washington, D.C., Seattle and his native Wisconsin. Before he joined Foley he founded a regional magazine and book publishing company which he sold in 2007.
He remains active in Republican politics. Klug was appointed by President Bush to two terms on the President’s Advisory Board on Trade and Policy Negotiations which provides counsel to the United State Trade Representative on fast track authority, CAFTA, trade with China and other issues. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000, 2004 and 2012.
When he stepped down from office in 1998, Mr. Klug also founded a regional magazine and book publishing company which he sold in 2007 with key assets purchased by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
He holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s in journalism from Northwestern and a B.A. from Lawrence University. A seasoned world traveler, Mr. Klug has led training programs on journalism and political campaigns for the U.S. State Department in Venezuela, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates; for the International Republican Institute in Indonesia and Guatemala and for Internews in Uzbekistan. During his tenure in Congress, he led delegations to the U.K., New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He also participated in other trips to Algeria, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan